0 Post a comment Friday, 8 March 2019 - Local People by Sam Hughes - Senior Reporter @tavistocktimes [email protected] An ambitious plan to rejuvenate Okehampton’s high street has been initiated with aspirations to secure funding for a town centre access road. The town council, in partnership with West Devon Borough Council, is due to submit an ‘expression of interest’ in applying for consideration for a share of Central Government’s £675-million Future High Streets Fund. The town council working group, set up to spearhead the application, will be requesting funding to build a town centre access road (TCAR) to alleviate traffic congestion in the town and allow the high street to be used in a more diverse way.Okehampton Town and West Devon Borough Councillor Julie Yelland said the grant was very much ‘aspirational’ as each local authority in the country could only submit one application and Okehampton had been … [Read more...] about Aspirations for town’s high street
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Residents are being asked to support proposals to bid for millions of pounds of new Government funding to help transform Haverhill High Street.Local MP Matt Hancock has already shown his support for the bid and has said: “I’m supporting West Suffolk Council’s bid for part of the £675 million Future High Street Fund to improve Haverhill.“Haverhill is a fantastic town and, with additional funding for the local community and businesses, the High Street it will be even better.”The bid will be to the recently announced £675 million Future High Street Fund, where councils from across the UK can apply for a share of the grant.But Government will decide which bids are successful.West Suffolk is set to put Haverhill forward in a bid for part of the new Government fund to help improve and transform town High Streets.Councillors are asking Haverhill people, businesses and partners to get behind the bid and show their support in applying for the … [Read more...] about Community urged to support funding bid for High Street
Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 March 2019 Conor Matchett Thetford town centre. Picture: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC © 2009 Like many towns, Thetford’s high street is struggling under the weight of stagnating wages and competition from the internet. Ian Hilton, who runs J Jones Butchers in Thetford. Picture: Conor MatchettFor almost a third of respondents to a survey by this newspaper, the health of the high street is the number one concern for Thetford residents.Half of respondents ranked the issue of the health of the high street as 10 out of 10 in the survey, with many listing a lack of town centre shops and the closure of shops as an problem the town must face. Problems with schemes aimed at opening up the high street such as Kings Square with its broken clock and non-functional fountain, built for £600,000 in 2013, have exacerbated problems and led to anger from residents.Ian Hilton, who runs J Jones’ Family … [Read more...] about Thetford: Another dying high street or a town embracing tech?
0 Have your say IN the deepest, darkest depths of Rotherham there is a shop that you enter at your peril. Packed with potions and spells, Grimm & Co, makes Diagon Alley look like Primark. This apothecary is an adventure in shopping and a delight to young and old, a must visit for anyone interested in the unusual. It is also the hub of a charitable creative writing project that helps children throughout the county. It is more than a shop, but an enjoyable, wonderful and creative adventure that is the future of our town centres.Kate Hardcastle: Why our high streets must wake up and smell the coffee As people turn from high street shopping to buy off the internet, Grimm & Co offer the adventurous entrepreneur the opportunity to do something similar and offer the customer experience shopping. Not just a shop, but an adventure to be enjoyed time and time again.For as more and more people abandon the high street and shops close, the towns in our county need … [Read more...] about GP Taylor: The high street is finished – it’s time for change and start by moving larger retailers out of town
Change is sweeping across retail, affecting the way we all shop, spend, and interact in our town centres. Most analysts agree that there is currently too much retail space, often in the wrong locations, and that, while our high streets of the future will remain commercial centres, they will look radically different to what we see now. Future high streets are likely to feature fewer clothing stores, chicken shops and bookmakers, with more homes, libraries and GP surgeries, as well as footfall-drivers such as childcare centres and gyms to draw people back to our town centres. This kind of mixed offering of retail, housing and services is what local people value. It’s what we see in our most successful high streets up and down the country, and it was backed-up by the recent High Street Report from an independent panel of retail experts headed up by Sir John Timpson. Ensuring that towns have the flexibility and freedoms to respond to local needs will be crucial to their future … [Read more...] about The power of free markets can liberate Britain’s high streets